Hassan has lots of heroes in The Hundred-Foot Journey. He's the perfect student because he readily looks up to the leading figures in his life: Papa, Mama, Paul Verdun, and even Madame Mallory. And since Hassan doesn't have a big ego, he firmly believed that his success is thanks in large part to those who have helped him along the way; as such, he admires the heck out of these folks.
Even after his mentors die—and importantly, they all do, thereby forcing Hassan to take the lead in his life—a part of them stays with him, constantly pushing him to be a better person than he was before.
Questions About Admiration
Which figure does Hassan admire the most?
Is there a character that Hassan consistently does not admire throughout the story? Why or why not?
Does Hassan always admire the right people or do false heroes at some point lure him?
By the end of the story, does Hassan become a figure that others admire as well?
Chew on This
Hassan's willingness to recognize the skill and talent in others makes him worthy of being looked up to in his own right.
Hassan's success is primarily due to the fact that he has good role models throughout his life.